Foreclosure Auction List
NOTE: THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE DOES NOT MAINTAIN A LIST OF TAX FORECLOSURE AUCTION PROPERTIES - NOR ANY OTHER TYPES OF FORECLOSURE PROPERTIES. The Prince William County Attorney's Office does have a list of tax foreclosure auction properties available prior to any given tax foreclosure auction date. Please see below to add your contact information to the mailing list for the auction flier.
Summary of the Tax Foreclosure Process
Virginia localities are only authorized to convey tax delinquent property through foreclosure auctions instituted in the locality's Circuit Court system. This judicial process takes anywhere from six months to more than a year, depending on the complexity of the ownership and the lien interests attached to the property in question.
The process starts with notice to the property owner and a publication in a local newspaper listing the property as being eligible for foreclosure. After a 30-day period expires from the date of notice and publication, an equity action is filed in Circuit Court naming all the holders of interest in the property as parties. This step enables the parties to defend their interest in the property if they chose. The culmination of the Court proceeding is a public auction, unless the Court orders otherwise.
For Prince William County, the auction is held at the County's courthouse located at 9311 Lee Avenue in Manassas, Virginia. The highest bid must be confirmed by the Circuit Court. The payment terms of the sale are usually 10 percent in cash or certified funds on the date of the auction, and the balance in cash or certified funds within 30 days of Court confirmation. The Court-appointed Commissioner of Sale will present the bid to the Circuit Court, and if the Court determines the bid is satisfactory, the sale is confirmed and settlement usually occurs within 30 days thereafter. The property will be conveyed by a Commissioner's Deed, and the purchaser obtains the property free and clear of all prior recorded liens.
The County Attorney's Office maintains an e-mail mailing list to notify interested parties of upcoming tax auctions. To be added to the list, please go to http://www.pwcgov.org/eNotifications
and complete your information. Then check the Tax Foreclosure Sale box near the bottom right of the page.
*Notice of upcoming auctions with property descriptions will be posted to this site only when this Office has knowledge of any properties for sale.